Blade: We’ll boycott Woolworths for selling Israeli goods

2014-08-07 06:00

The SACP will boycott high-end retailer Woolworths for selling goods imported from Israel, says Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

“We want to assure you that the SA Communist Party (SACP) will join and mobilise in boycotting Woolworths and other such stores selling Israeli goods,” said Nzimande at a panel discussion hosted by the University of Johannesburg last night.

The event was organised by BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) SA, Muslim Views newspaper and UJ Palestine Solidarity Forum to draw attention to what called they called the “mass massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza strip”.

Nzimande’s call comes after the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) announced that retail stores such as Shoprite, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Pick n Pay would not remove Israeli-imported products from their shelves.

“Let’s all work to make the boycott Israel campaign effective,” said Nzimande as the audience of more than 200 applauded.

“Israel apartheid is worse than South African apartheid.”

Nzimande said the government supports Palestine, adding that South African freedom shall remain incomplete for as long as “Palestinian people remain under siege”.

He said the SACP is of the view that South Africa should expel Israeli ambassador Arthur Lenk.

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